Since Microsoft isn’t willing to do anything with Banjo and Kazooie beyond license them out for Smash games, it falls to their creators to carry on with two knockoffs, Yooka and Laylee. So far, Playtonic Games — a game studio made up of ex-Rare employees — has whipped up two tributes in the form of Yooka-Laylee (the 3D Banjo games) and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (the 2D Donkey Kong Country games). We hoped we’d hear about a third game starring Yooka and Laylee during E3, but there was no such announcement yet. They will, however, be starring in a game of a different kind.
Someone needs to save the 3D platform genre, after the damage Yuji Naka did to it. The team at indie game studio Fabraz is feeling up to the challenge. They’re now working on the action platformer Demon Turf, inspired by sprint-heavy titles like Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet and Clank.
One of the good things about the Bootleg Banjo series (better known as Yooka-Laylee) is the terrific soundtrack composed by the original note wizards of Rare, David Wise and Grant Kirkhope. We’re surprised to learn the official soundtrack collection wasn’t for sale universally until this moment. Who let this flaw in the market happen? Blame Capital B.
After a polarizing debut, Banjo and Kazoo——I mean, Yooka and Laylee are back! And this time the bear and—-.dangit, chameleon and bat have an IMPOSSIBLE LAIR to contend with!
First you said “Why won’t anybody bring back Banjo-Kazooie styled 3D collectathons? We miss them!” And Playtonic, a team made up of veterans from Rare at its peak, responded to those demands with the Banjo clone Yooka-Laylee. Then you said “Never mind! 3D collectathons belong to the past! We hate this now!” and threw Yooka-Laylee to the wall, then threw a temper tantrum.
Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic Games’ love letter to the heyday of cheeky collectathon platformers, is available at last on a Nintendo console — the Switch. The game was created by former Rare developers who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and similar games, and was partially crowdfunded by nostalgic fans who wanted the experience one more time.
As you might have guessed from its name, Yooka-Laylee is a tribute to the retro 3D platformers that were first introduced to the world two decades ago, most notably taking inspiration from Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie. It has been crafted by Playtonic Games, made up of several former Rare staffers, and was funded due to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that grabbed attention by promising to recreate a faithful experience to what fans had expected from games of this genre in the 90s.
Playtonic Games, crafters of the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie love letter known as Yooka-Laylee, have just dropped the announcement everybody’s been waiting for….the game is nearly complete and we have a release date! You’ll be able to hop and bop with a lizard and bat April 11, 2017..for just $39.99! (This is the preorder price; it may change.) Look for it in both digital and physical form on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux.
A new trailer for Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee premiered today, and shows off all the major characters revealed to date running on game hardware — plus a few unnamed characters we haven’t seen before. And one we have.
Playtonic Games is composed of former Rare members and is determined to bring back the glory days of their former employer with Yooka-Laylee, the crowdfunded spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie. Today Playtonic sent its Kickstarter backers an update on their progress….a small update, but one with enough substantial information. They promise a lot more at E3!
Playtonic, the new game studio formed by ex-Rare employees and currently at work on the Banjo-Kazooie-inspired 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee, conducted an AMA on Reddit today, where many previously unknown facts about your favorite Rare games of the past were revealed. Here are fourteen of the best:
In just a matter of hours after its launch, the Kickstarter campaign for the new game project, Yooka-Laylee, has already blown past its pledge goal of $270,000. The title from Playtonic games has currently received over $760,000 from over 12,600 backers and climbing. It appears the game will have no trouble reaching all of its stretch goals over the next 46 days. What is it that has people so excited about this project? It is a spiritual successor to the fan-favorite Banjo-Kazooie franchise. In addition, Playtonic games consists of original founding members of game development studio Rare, Steve Mayles and Chris Sutherland, who were behind some of Rare’s most classic titles. Those developers have separated from Rare and formed a new game studio in order to develop a new buddy-platforming adventure game, and that game is Yooka-Laylee.